How to tell if you need new tires

How to tell if you need new tires

The Penny Test

The penny tire test

Learn the Penny Test. It’s an easy way to check your tire tread to determine if it’s time for new tires.

The penny test is the gold standard for measuring tire tread-depth because it is easy and it works. Just take a penny and, with Lincoln’s head upside down, put it between the tread blocks of the tire. If you are not able to see the top of Lincoln’s head – if his head is “buried” between the tread blocks – then you still have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to go tire shopping because the tread is worn down to or beyond 2/32 of an inch.

Flip the penny over so that the Lincoln Memorial (pennies from 2010 and earlier will have the memorial on the back) is facing you and put the penny between the tread blocks with the memorial upside down. If the Lincoln Memorial is completely hidden, you have more than 3/32 of an inch of tread left.

Did You Know – Most state laws require tires to have a tread depth of at least 2/32″ to remain in service?

 The Quarter Test

The quarter tire test

Some automotive experts believe that using a quarter to test tire depth provides a better read than using a penny. Some independent tests have concluded that cars were able to stop faster with tires that had a little more than 4/32 of an inch of tread depth, which is the measurement the quarter test indicates. To perform the quarter test, put a quarter between the tread blocks of a tire (just like the penny test) with Washington’s head upside down, If you cannot see the top of Washington’s head, you have 4/32 of an inch of tread or more.

Did You Know – In snowy and slushy conditions, 4/32 of an inch of tread or more is necessary for good traction

How to get your tires to point b

Whether you go with Lincoln or Washington, both coin tests are also good ways to check to see if your tires are wearing evenly. Simply do the test between other tread blocks and if the measurements aren’t the same on all the tire treads, the tires may need to be rotated or your vehicle may require an alignment. Different types of tread wear will indicate how your tires are wearing. If you don’t have any coins handy, check to see if the tires’ wear bars are showing. Wear bars run across your tires tread pattern from the outside edge to the inside edge. If the wear bar is visible you are in need of new tires as you have hit 2/32” of an inch of tread depth. Most states consider a tire’s service life over if any point of the tread is at 2/32” or less. If you are still unsure about how to tell if you need new tires, Ron Westphal Chevrolet would be happy to evaluate the depth of your tires.  Feel free to drop by our service anytime or call us at 630-898-9630.

Fort Mill family delivers son in a Chevrolet pickup.

The Ackerman family in Fort Mill, South Carolina, delivered their son Thomas on Monday morning in their Chevrolet truck

deliver baby in a chevy silverado

It’s actually a pickup, not a delivery truck. But make and model weren’t stopping the Ackermans when their latest came due Monday morning.

Thomas Allen Ackerman, all 8 pounds 15 ounces of him, arrived at 1:30 a.m. as a rarity, a child actually born in Fort Mill. And, as a child born in a four-door Chevrolet.

“I delivered him right in front of the peach trees at Baxter,” said dad Charles “J.R.” Ackerman.

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Mom Becky went into labor less than an hour earlier. The couple tried to make it to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill. It wasn’t to be.

“At 12:49 I started really writing it down,” Becky said of her contractions. “It was five minutes apart. It was three minutes apart. They were so close. There was no relief.”

The couple could smile about it all by early Monday afternoon, but in the dark and rain as it happened they weren’t so jovial.

“I freaked out,” J.R. said.

PMC has been trying to build a hospital in Fort Mill for more than 10 years. After competing hospitals followed PMC’s bid with proposals of their own, the issue of who will be allowed to build the town’s first hospital has been tied up in bureaucracy and legal battles ever since.

Becky delivered three girls prior to the couple’s first son. All arrived two or three weeks early. Their youngest girl, Charley, came the fastest. From the time Becky got her hospital bracelet to when Charley got hers, it took about 20 minutes.

Then came Thomas.

“I labored at home for like an hour or two,” Becky said of the earlier pregnancies. “But with this one, I kind of felt like I was a really big baby. I thought we still were in the beginning stages.”

They weren’t. Her water broke as they were passing the QuikTrip gas station. At 1:28 a.m. J.R. pulled over to call 911. Two minutes later he was holding his son.

“I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the hospital,” J.R. said. “I got the guy on 911. He said, ‘it’s all you.’ 

The baby was born about five minutes before Fort Mill Rescue arrived. Not long for most people, but it seemed like forever as the couple sat trying to process what happened.

“The whole time I’m going ‘where are they?’ ” J.R. said. “Where are they? Where are all the police? Where are the ambulances?”

The pair did what the 911 operator — Thomas, coincidentally — told them. They used the seat warmers and blankets to keep everyone warm. Even the special gift blanket they’d kept for years, in case they had a son someday, but hadn’t been able to use with daughters Leah, 7, Kendall, 6 and Charley, 2.

“That’s the first blanket I could grab,” Becky said.

In recalling the births of children, mothers pretty much universally get the trump card for their role in the delivery. Yet both Ackermans admit, a dad who can say he delivered the child at an interstate on-ramp has a pretty rock star story to tell. J.R. hopes he didn’t play his card too early by getting out of the first diaper change.

“I just looked at him and said, yeah, you’ve done a lot already,” Becky said.

Becky, a teacher at Fort Mill’s Pleasant Knoll Elementary School, and J.R., in insurance sales, couldn’t get past how the morning unfolded. The name of the 911 operator. The birthday Thomas shares with J.R.’s mother.

And, the story they will share with their son in years to come. How it was an hour after Thomas arrived when they reached PMC. Hours still before the girls would wake up to their grandmother as babysitter, realizing they have a new brother.

One of many surprises for the family on Monday.

Source: Fort Mill family delivers son in a Chevrolet pickup. In the rain | Charlotte Observer

The C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Looks Better With Every Passing Day

Not a day goes by that the C6 Corvette Z06 does not go from good looking to better looking to even more better looking. What a clear, simple visualization of a sports car ideal.

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I always admire the Z06, mostly because I am a five-foot-nine dude who looks absolutely and spectacularly ridiculous seated in a big Corvette. I can’t own one. I can drive them, if it’s at night. They’re not my size or my vibe, and are consequently off limits. I leave Corvette ownership to the bigger and brasher humans of this planet.

This does mean I spend a lot of time thinking about Corvettes and staring at them. All of this thinking and staring has led me to the above conclusion: the C6 Z06 is aging really, wonderfully, joyously well.

It’s hard to grasp in pictures just how low and wide they are in person. These Z06s are 3.3 inches wider (thanks to carbon fiber fenders) than the ordinary Corvette on which they’re based. The effect completely transforms the look of the car from retiring, Florida-hogging grandpa to lunging, road-sniffing attack dog.

There’s a little snout on the car, breathing in a little extra air for the 7.0 liter small block under the hood.

Source: The C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Looks Better With Every Passing Day

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